Feb 11, 2012

16 miles through the Appalachian Trail

This weekend we headed down to northern Georgia for a mountain getaway. We're sharing a cabin with my parents and some family friends. Yesterday we hiked about 16 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap (elevation about 3,000 feet), through Trey Mountain (4,430 ft) to Dick's Creek Gap (2,650 ft).

I made the venture with my Dad and his running buddy (the same one who did the Grand Canyon crossing with us). It was a chilly 20-something at the start of our hike.

According to my nifty Garmin, there was a total elevation gain and loss of about 5,500 feet- yowsa!

Was this the smartest thing to do the week before my marathon? Nah... probably not. But hey, you only live once, right? And how was I suppose to pass up a run on the Appalachian Trail?

And especially with these kinds of views. The Smokies truly are beautiful mountains.

It took us about 6 hours from start to finish, but we stopped a handful of times including once for lunch. For the most part, it was way too cold to stop for too long! At one point, we even saw some snow flurries!

Now I'm hoping my legs will recover quickly enough for the Gainesville marathon next week. Time to hop into the hot tub (no matter that it's about 25 degrees, right?) for some muscle recovery =)

Have you ever been on the Appalachian Trail?


  1. Looks beautiful! I've been on parts while in Shenendoah National Park and Also in lower NY. A close friend is planning to do a thru-hike this summer and we app plan to join him for a send off in Maine in August!

    1. I'd love to see what the AT is like in the northeast! A through hike sounds like fun, but I'm not too fond of the idea of sleeping in tents on the ground every night ;)

  2. ahh soo pretty, i've never been, but looks amazing!! hope you're having a good weekend!